The Patriarchy: A New Everett Cafe Book Display

| January 11, 2019

190111_Display_1080x1920The King of Spades is often considered the most powerful card in deck — often representing an old man, master of all trades, or king of kings, whose imposing status gives him not just rigor and authority, but the means to manage even the largest of organizations. It’s a fitting symbol for the Patriarch, and it equates with the saying, “When I see a spade I call it a spade”. Our current political climate is one where people, the good majority men, tell it like it is, or how they believe it to be so, or how they want it to be — however rude, unpleasant, misinformed, or even incorrect — making for a rather dark and muddled theme in a rather dark and muddled time in our nation’s history.

The Patriarchy refers to a family, group, community, society, social organization, or government where men predominate in positions of power. The term derives from the ancient Greek meaning “rule of the father“ and was embodied in the Old Testament with leading figures Methuselah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Over centuries it connected to the women’s movement and feminism…. some might argue, perhaps, to the point of matriarchy (that would be the subject of another cafe display)?

With many believing that cultural norms still favor men today, this exhibit draws attention to the history and controversy over patriarchal systems and their ensuing social, political, and economic consequences. Its intent is to help us examine an old theme whose continuing relevance plays out, be it in politics, media, education, or other sectors of society.

The Patriarchy: Past and Present is curated by the staff of the Gottesman Libraries and designed by Edlab Studios.

With the exception of select e-resources, the following books are on display but may be checked out for a period of two weeks (and then renewed if desired):

HistoryBennett, Judith M. History Matters: Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminism. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.




RuleBiaggi, Christina. The Rule of Mars: Readings on the Origins, History and Impact of Patriarchy. Manchester, CT: Knowledge, Ideas & Trends, Inc., 2006.
Cafe GN479.6 .R85 2005




Big_PushEnloe, Cynthia. The Big Push: Exposing and Challenging the Persistence of Patriarchy. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2017.
Cafe GN479.6 .E55 2017




DarknessGilligan, Carol and David A.J. Richards. Darkness Now Visible: Patriarchy’s Resurgence and Feminist Resistance. New York: New York University Press, 2018.
Cafe JA76 .G534 2018




WhyGilligan Carol and Naomi, Snider. Why Does Patriarchy Persist? Cambridge, England, Boston, MA: Polity, 2018.
Cafe GN479.6 .G56 2018




WillHooks, Bell. The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity and Love. New York: Atria Books, 2004.
Cafe HQ1090 .H65 2004




EndJensen, Robert. The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men. North Geelong, Australia: Spinifex Press, 2017.
Cafe GN479.6 .J46 2017




GenderingKann, Mark. The Gendering of American Politics: Founding Mothers, Founding Fathers, and Political Patriarchy. Westport, CT: Prager, 1999.
Cafe HQ1075.5.U6 K36 1999




Post_ALavigne, Carlen. Post-Apocalyptic Patriarchy: American Television and Gendered Visions of Survival. New York: McFarland, 2018.
Cafe PN1992.8.A67 L38 2018




CreationLerner, Gerda. The Creation of Patriarchy. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.
Cafe HQ1121 .L47 1986 vol. 1




Patriarchy_KeyMiller, Pavla. Patriarchy (Key Ideas). New York: Routledge, 2017.
Cafe GN479.6 .M55 2017





UnpluggingRené, Lucia. Unplugging the Patriarchy – A Mystical Journey into the Heart of a New Age. Tulsa, OK: Crow Chakra, 2009.
Cafe BF1999 .R435 2009




PromiseTaylor, Ula Yvette. The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam. Durham: The University of North Carolina Press, 2017.
Cafe BP221 .T39 2017




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